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Dr. Oz: Cellulite creams and solutions, and dangers of antibiotics

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Dr. Mehmet Oz discussed worrisome health concerns and cellulite creams on the Feb. 26 episode of the Dr. Oz Show ("What Worrywarts Should Worry About").

Some people worry about every little health issue in the news, but Dr. Oz said the main health concerns are the overuse of antibiotics and germ-filled public restrooms.

Overuse of Antibiotic Weakens Immune System

Dr. Oz said many people indiscriminately take antibiotics for fear of superbugs, or multi-resistant bacteria. But he said the overuse of antibiotics is partly responsible for the proliferation of these antibiotic-resistant superbugs.

Dr. Oz said you should not take antibiotics to treat viral infections like a cold or flu, which go away on their own. You should only take antibiotics for bacterial infections. By taking them for both viral and bacterial infections, you actually kill off good bacteria and weaken your immune system, so use caution when popping these powerful pills.

Dr. Oz said another major topic of worry is the use of public restrooms. Many people worry that you can catch a sexually transmitted disease (STD) or a bug from using a public toilet. Dr. Oz said there has never been a documented case of anyone getting an STD from a public toilet, which is the cleanest place in a public restroom.

Dr. Oz said you are more likely to get sick from touching the door lock on your bathroom stall or the faucet on the sink than from touching a public toilet. The best way to avoid infection is to wash your hands for 20 seconds after using the restroom, dry your hands thoroughly, and use a paper towel to turn off the faucet and to open the door when exiting.

Cellulite-Fighting Treatments: Lotions and Supplements to End Dimpling

On a separate segment of his show, Dr. Oz revealed how you can eliminate cellulite, which 90% of women have. He conducted a five-day experiment with several audience members, who reported excellent results. Dr. Oz said these cellulite-fighting remedies have been proven to dramatically reduce the appearance of cellulite:

  • Caffeine cream. Two audience members used the caffeine cream and the retinol cream for 10 days and said they both noticeably improved their cellulite.
  • Bromelain supplement. Bromelain is an extract derived from the stems of pineapples that has been shown to boost fat cell metabolism and reduce dimpling.
  • Retinol cream. Retinol is the main ingredient in wrinkle creams, and has been shown to break down fatty deposits under the top layer of skin.
  • Dry brushing. Exfoliating your skin with a dry brush before you shower will give your skin a smooth appearance.
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